Posted April 2, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Born Ruffians to Release Sixth Album

The Born Ruffians
The Born Ruffians

In advance of the release of their new album, Juice, Toronto-based Born Ruffians will release the new single “Breathe.” To promote the album, singer-guitarist Luke Lalonde is performing live at 8pm ET on Friday, April 3 via the band’s IGTV/Facebook site.

 “Similar to our last single ‘Wavy Haze,’ ‘Breathe’ is about our relationship with our own memories — though more focused on the uninvited memories that impose themselves on us at random times,” says Lalonde in a statement. “Sometimes on a bus, I will shudder or audibly gasp because my brain will deliver something I did in grade five and regret terribly. Or sometimes, a nice memory will pop by for a visit. It’s sort of about the battle between the light and the dark in my brain, fighting each other for real estate up there. To quote myself . . . I had a dream love and light were winning. I woke up laughing. I woke up singing.”

Fifteen years into their career, Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier and drummer Steve Hamelin have teamed up to deliver a “hyper, earnest, and affecting collection of rock ’n’ roll songs” that they wrote and polished over a three-year span.

As it’s put in the press release announcing the single and album, “Our collective 21st-century spiritual malaise requires a salve, and Juice offers just that: a sweet, delectable nectar from a band that’s lived longer than most.”

Photo Credit:  Vanessa Heins


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